[Document, 1780 October 02]


[Document, 1780 October 02]
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Jay, John, 1745-1829 (Author)
Carmichael, William, -1795 (Addressee)
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
October 02, 1780
Physical Description
4 pages
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Gives a lengthy explanation of why he had a copy of Carmichael's notes of what transpired at a conference with Floridablanca copied by Colonel Livingston before returning it to Carmichael. He wanted a copy of Carmichael's notes because of the variations between them and Jay's notes on the conference. This conference might one day be the subject of inquiry and discussion. Also, he took the precaution to record Carmichael's notes in case these papers ever got into the wrong hands. He did not inform Carmichael that he was copying his notes because he feared that Carmichael might suspect that Jay's caution was motivated not by prudence but by "particular and personal apprehensions." Jay always acts with circumspection and gives minute attention to details because he wants to be able to render a reason for every part of his conduct in public life. Assures Carmichael that he will have no reason to complain of injustice from Jay and that for both their sakes he would not do Carmichael an injury. As for Carmichael's request that he copy all papers for Congress, it may not always be convenient or possible to send drafts to him when the two are in different places. Whenever it is convenient, Carmichael will of course copy such drafts.